Natalie Roye, who is originally from upstate New York, owns and operates a unique business in downtown Brandenburg: Poetry in Glass Studio. There, customers can purchase one-of-a-kind glass creations, and they can even attend classes to learn how to make their own piece of art.
Roye, who has a masters in environmental management, spent about 10 years working for an engineering consulting firm in Maryland. Roye needed to take care of some family needs, so she ultimately decided to resign. Once those needs subsided and a move was on the horizon for her family, she saw an opportunity to do something that had always interested her: make art with glass.
“I grew up around Corning Glass, one of the advantages to upstate New York,” said Roye. “We were always going and visiting; it just always fascinated me. I think it’s elegant and beautiful.”
Roye began the journey of teaching herself how to work with glass in her garage. Through lots of online tutorials and trial and error, she began to see progress. Once she began earning income for the pieces she was making, she started attending expos and took classes on glass fusing techniques.
She opened her first studio in Georgia approximately four years ago. She says she chose her location here in Brandenburg because she saw a lot of potential for the riverfront area.
“You could tell that it was just starting to blossom,” said Roye about her Brandenburg location. “I thought, ‘Man, this might be a great time to get in here.’ We’re set to retire here, so it was worth starting up.”
She opened Poetry in Glass Studio in November of 2019. Since then, she’s been making custom pieces for clients as well as teaching classes every Saturday at the studio.
She has classes for students of all ages, including young children who cannot be around sharp edges. They can learn to make Christmas ornaments. Her classes are also very beginner friendly, and Roye hovers around as the class takes place to assist students.
She says that she would love to expand what she offers in her classes to more than just glass. Anything that’s artistic and crafty, she’d considering teaching or finding someone to teach. She recently held a string art class at the studio.
“People need that fun, easy, bring-your-kids-or-whole-family type of thing, so that’s where I’d like to take it,” said Roye.
Her hours for the summer are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to classes offered on Saturdays, customers can call and schedule a private class for a group of people. Roye says that they are observing all government recommendations and that stations are spread out to be six feet apart.
For more information on Poetry in Glass Studio, visit the Facebook page for the business.